Richard L. Hasen

Chancellor's Professor of Law and Political Science
Richard L. Hasen


Election Law, Legislation, Remedies, and Torts


Professor Richard L. Hasen is Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine and is Co-Director of the Fair Elections and Free Speech Center. Hasen is a nationally recognized expert in election law and campaign finance regulation, writing as well in the areas of legislation and statutory interpretation, remedies, and torts. He is co-author of leading casebooks in election law and remedies. He served in 2020 as a CNN Election Law Analyst.

From 2001-2010, he served (with Dan Lowenstein) as founding co-editor of the quarterly peer-reviewed publication, Election Law Journal. He is the author of over 100 articles on election law issues, published in numerous journals including the Harvard Law ReviewStanford Law Review and Supreme Court Review. He was elected to The American Law Institute in 2009 and serves as Reporter (with Professor Douglas Laycock) on the ALI’s law reform project: Restatement (Third) of Torts: Remedies. He also is an adviser on the Restatement (Third) of Torts: Concluding Provisions.

Professor Hasen was named one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America by The National Law Journal in 2013, and one of the Top 100 Lawyers in California in 2005 and 2016 by the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal.

His op-eds and commentaries have appeared in many publications, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Politico, and Slate. Hasen also writes the often-quoted Election Law Blog, which the ABA Journal named to its “Blawg 100 Hall of Fame” in 2015. The Green Bag recognized his 2018 book, The Justice of Contradictions: Antonin Scalia and the Politics of Disruption, for exemplary legal writing, and his 2016 book, Plutocrats United, received a Scribes Book Award Honorable Mention. His most recent book, Cheap Speech: How Disinformation Poisons Our Politics—and How to Cure It, will be published in March 2022 by Yale University Press.

Professor Hasen holds a B.A. degree (with highest honors) from UC Berkeley, and a J.D., M.A., and Ph.D. (Political Science) from UCLA. After law school, Hasen clerked for the Honorable David R. Thompson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and then worked as a civil appellate lawyer at the Encino firm Horvitz and Levy.

From 1994-1997, Hasen taught at the Chicago-Kent College of Law and from 1998-2011 he taught at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, where he was named the William H. Hannon Distinguished Professor of Law in 2005. He joined the UC Irvine School of Law faculty in July 2011, and is a faculty member of the UC Irvine Jack W. Peltason Center for the Study of Democracy.

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  • Richard L. Hasen, Cheap Speech: Saving American Elections in the Disinformation Era (Yale University Press, forthcoming 2022) (tentative title)
  • Richard L. Hasen, Election Law—Cases and Materials (7th edition, Carolina Academic Press, forthcoming 2022) (co-authored with Professor Daniel Hays Lowenstein, Professor Daniel P. Tokaji, and Professor Nicholas O. Stephanopoulos) (plus teacher’s manual and annual supplements)
  • Richard L. Hasen, Election Meltdown: Dirty Tricks, Distrust, and the Threat to American Democracy (Yale University Press, 2020)
  • Richard L. Hasen, Legislation, Statutory Interpretation, and Election Law—Examples and Explanations (2d ed., Wolters Kluwer, 2020)
  • Richard L. Hasen, Optimism and Despair About a 2020 “Election Meltdown” and Beyond, 100 Boston University Law Rev. Online 298 (2020) (part of symposium on my book, Election Meltdown)
  • Richard L. Hasen, Direct Democracy Denied: The Right to Initiative During a Pandemic, University of Chicago Law Review Online (2020)
  • Richard L. Hasen, Three Pathologies of American Voting Rights Illuminated by the COVID-19 Pandemic, and How to Treat and Cure Them, Election Law Journal, (2020)
  • Richard L. Hasen, Thin and Thick Conceptions of the Nineteenth Amendment and Congress’s Power to Enforce It, 108 Georgetown Law Journal 27 (19th Amend. edition 2020) (co-authored with Leah Litman for symposium on 100th anniversary of ratification of 19th Amendment)
  • Richard L. Hasen, The Supreme Court’s Pro-Partisanship Turn, 109 Georgetown Law Journal Online 50 (2020)
  • Richard L. Hasen, Deep Fakes, Bots, and Siloed Justices: American Election Law in a Post-Truth World, 64 St. Louis University Law Review 535 (2020) (keynote address for symposium)
  • Douglas Laycock & Richard L. Hasen, Modern American Remedies (5th ed., Wolters Kluwer 2019) (co-authored with Professor Douglas Laycock) (also a separate Concise Edition) (plus teacher's manual and annual supplements)
  • Richard L. Hasen, QV or Not QV? That is the Question; Some Skepticism About Radical Egalitarian Voting Markets, 87 University of Chicago Law Review Online 67 (2019)
  • Richard L. Hasen, Polarization and the Judiciary, 22 Annual Review of Political Science 261 (2019)
  • Richard L. Hasen, The Justice of Contradictions: Antonin Scalia and the Politics of Disruption (2018).
  • Richard L. Hasen, ‘Civil Right No. 1:’ Dr. King’s Unfinished Voting Rights Revolution, 49 University of Memphis Law Review 137 (2018)
  • Richard L. Hasen, Cheap Speech and What It Has Done (to American Democracy), 16 First Amendment Law Review 200 (2018)
  • Richard L. Hasen, The 2016 U.S. Voting Wars: From Bad to Worse, 26 William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal 529 (2018)
  • Richard L. Hasen, Race or Party, Party as Race, or Party All the Time: Three Uneasy Approaches to Conjoined Polarization in Redistricting and Voting Cases, 59 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1837 (2017-2018).
  • Richard L. Hasen, Daniel H. Lowenstein, Daniel P. Tokaji & Nicholas O. Stephanopoulos, Election Law—Cases and Materials (plus teacher’s manual and annual supplements) (6th ed. 2017).
  • Richard L. Hasen, Remedies—Examples and Explanations (2017).
  • Richard L. Hasen, Plutocrats United: Campaign Money, the Supreme Court and the Distortion of American Elections (2016).
  • Richard L. Hasen,Softening Voter ID Laws Through Litigation: Is it Enough?, 2016 Wis. L. Rev. Forward 100, 100-21 (2016).
  • Richard L. Hasen, After Scalia: The Future of United States Election Law, America-Ho (in Japanese, 2016).
  • Richard L. Hasen, Election Law’s Path in the Roberts Court’s First Decade: A Sharp Right Turn But with Speed Bumps and Surprising Twists, 68 Stan. L. Rev. 1597, 1597-1632 (2016).

  • Jan. 28, 2022: 
    Presenter, Identifying and Minimizing the Risk of Election Subversion and Stolen Elections in the Contemporary United States, Preserving American Democracy, Wake Forest Law Review 2022 Symposium, Wake Forest Law School, Online
  • Jan. 7, 2022:
    Featured Speaker, Election Subversion: Assessing the Dangers to American Democracy, 2022 AALS Annual Meeting, Online
  • Jan. 4, 2022:
    Featured Speaker, One Year After Insurrection: How Has Our Democracy Changed?, USC Price, Online
  • Dec. 15, 2021:
    Featured Speaker, Protecting Our Constitutional Democracy, New York City Bar, Online
  • Nov. 10, 2021:
    Featured Speaker, Is American Democracy in Danger?, Association of Business Trial Lawyers Orange County, Costa Mesa, CA
  • Oct. 13, 2021:
    Panelist, "Lies and the Election," Knight First Amendment Institute, Columbia University, Online
  • July 7, 2021:
    Speaker, Impeachment + 6 Months – What Have We Learned About America and Our Future?, America at a Crossroads, Online
  • June 4, 2021: 
    Panelist, The New Danger in Voting Legislation, Center for the Study of Politics and Governance, University of Minnesota, Online
  • May 6, 2021:
    Panelist, Congressional Legislation to Protect the Electoral Process, AALS Conference on Rebuilding Democracy and the Rule of Law, Online
  • May 4, 2021:
    Panelist, “The Internet, Elections and the First Amendment,” Floyd Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression, Yale Law School, Online
  • April 21, 2021:
    Featured Speaker, “Can American Elections Be Fixed? What It Will Take to Strengthen U.S. Democracy,” America at a Crossroads, Online
  • Jan. 21, 2021:
    Featured Speaker, Elections, Insurrection and Inauguration: What’s Next for American Democracy?, UC National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement, Online
  • Jan. 19, 2021:
    Featured Speaker, “What Has to Change to Protect Our Vulnerable Election System?,” America at a Crossroads, Online
  • Dec. 11, 2020:
    Guest Speaker, “The Unprecedented 2020 Election and the Future of Voting and Democracy in America,” Beverly Hills Bar Association, Online
  • Dec. 3, 2020:
    Panelist, Every Vote Counts: What’s Next After the 2020 Election?, USC Price School, Online
  • Nov. 16, 2020:
    Panelist, Democracy Town Hall: Lessons of the 2020 Election, Berkeley Law, Online
  • Nov. 10, 2020:
    Speaker, November 3, 2020: The View from November 10, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, Online
  • Oct. 5, 2020:
  • Featured Speaker, An Election Like No Other: Getting Californians Ready for November, UC Office of the President, Online
  • Sept. 23, 2020:
    Speaker, “Election 2020: The Challenge, the Law and the Path Ahead,” Floersheimer Center, Cardozo Law, Online
  • Sept. 22, 2020:
  • Panelist, “Are U.S. Elections Rigged, Broken of Dependable?,” UCI Office of Global Engagement, Online
  • Sept. 17, 2020:
    Featured Speaker, Constitution Day Discussion on Voting Rights and U.S. Elections, University of Cincinnati Law, Online
  • Sept. 3, 2020:
    Speaker, Election 2020: “What If?” Workshop, NPC Journalism Institute, Online
  • May 28, 2020:
    Speaker, COVID-19 Impacts on Election Law and Policy, AG Alliance Virtual Seminar, Online
  • April 23, 2020:
    Featured Speaker, “How to Fix Presidential Elections in 2020 and Beyond,” National Constitution Center, Online
  • March 25, 2020:
    Featured Speaker, “Election Meltdown,” Harvard Ash Center, Online
  • Dec. 6, 2019:
    Speaker, The First Amendment and Campaign Misinformation, Constitution Happy Hour, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
  • Oct. 26, 2019:
    Speaker, Integrity of American Elections, We the People: Confidence in American Institutions 37th Annual Eastern District Conference, Lake Tahoe, CA
  • Oct. 18, 2019:
    Panelist, The National Popular Vote Compact and the Electoral College: End Run or Dead End?, Electoral College Symposium, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA
  • Sept. 27, 2019:
    Panelist, Representation Nation, Texas Tribune Festival, Austin, TX
  • Sept. 19, 2019:
    Moderator, Supreme Court Preview, Hammer Forum, Los Angeles, CA
  • Aug. 29, 2019:
    Panelist, Trump, Constitutional Crisis and American Democracy, 2019 APSA Annual Meeting, Washington, DC
  • Feb. 22, 2019: 
    Featured Speaker, “The New Voting Wars: Can American Democracy Survive the Upcoming 2020 Election?” Synaplex Shabbat Alive, University Synagogue, Irvine, CA
  • Jan. 31, 2019:
    Speaker, Voting Rights and Wrongs, Hammer Forum, Los Angeles, CA
  • Jan. 14, 2019:
    Speaker, Flipping the Narrative: Taking the Voting Rights Struggle from Defense to Offense, American Constitution Society, Washington, DC
  • Nov. 30, 2018:
    Participant, Symposium on "Radical Markets," University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, IL
  • Nov. 9, 2018: 
    Speaker, Hot Off the Press Book Talk, Program in Law and Public Affairs, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
  • Oct. 23, 2018:
    Speaker, “Drawing the Line on Gerrymandering: Where Do the Courts Go from Here?,” Federal Bar Association, Riverside, CA
  • Oct. 22, 2018: 
    Panelist, Money in Politics, American Constitution Society, USC, Los Angeles, CA
  • Oct. 4, 2018: 
    Speaker, “Drawing the Line on Gerrymandering: Where Do the Courts Go from Here?,” Federal Bar Association, Riverside, CA
  • Oct. 4, 2018: 
    Keynote Speaker, Corporate Political Activities 2018: Complying with Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws, PLI, San Francisco, CA
  • Sept. 6, 2018: 
    Speaker, Gerrymandering and the Supreme Court: Where Do We Go From Here?, Webinar
  • Aug. 31, 2018: 
    Chair, California Election Reform: Has It Improved Representation and Participation?, Law and Political Process Study Group, APSA Annual Meeting and Conference, Boston, MA 
  • Aug. 21, 2018:
    Speaker, Battle for the U.S. Supreme Court, American Constitution Society, San Diego, CA
  • May 15, 2018: 
    Panelist, Gerrymandering: Past & Present, The Constitution & Political Parties, Stanford Law School, Stanford, CA
  • April 2, 2018: 
    Speaker, Voting Rights Panel, MLK50: Where Do We Go From Here? Symposium, Memphis, TN
  • March 28, 2018:
    Speaker, The Justice of Contradictions: Antonin Scalia and the Politics of Disruption, ALOUD, Library Foundation of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
  • March 20, 2018:
    Speaker, The Supreme Court's Past, Present and Future, UCI Law, Irvine, CA
  • March 15, 2018:
    Speaker. The Justice of Contradictions: Antonin Scalia and the Politics of Disruption, Northeastern Law, Boston, MA
  • March 10, 2018:
    Speaker, Reforming the Vote, SXSW, Austin, TX
  • March 6, 2018:
    Speaker, Scalia's Legacy: A Critical Evaluation, Georgetown Law, Washington, D.C.
  • March 5, 2018: 
    Speaker. Judging Scalia: Richard L. Hasen in Conversation with Kate Shaw, Cardozo Law, New York, NY
  • March 5, 2018:
    Speaker, The Complex Legacy of Justice Antonin Scalia, Brennan Center for Justice, NYU, NY
  • Feb. 7, 2018:
    Speaker, Justice Antonin Scalia: Life and Legacy, National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • Jan. 27, 2018: 
    Speaker, Donor Privacy and Campaign-Related Speech, The Federalist Society 2018 Annual Western Chapters Conference, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Simi Valley, CA
  • Jan. 26, 2018:
    Speaker, Voting in 2018 and Beyond, Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly 2018 Symposium, UC Hastings College of Law, San Francisco, CA
  • Sept. 28, 2016:
    Speaker, “Rigged, Hacked, or Stolen? Myths and Realities About Election 2016,” Guest Speaker Series, UC Irvine School of Law
  • Sept. 24, 2016:
    Panelist, "Voting Rights and Wrongs" at Sixth Annual Texas Tribune Festival, University of Texas at Austin
  • Sept. 10, 2016:
    Keynote speaker, 12th Annual Constitution Day Conference, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
  • July 21, 2016:
    Organizer/Moderator, 6th annual ‪Supreme Court Term in Review, UC Irvine
  • May 12, 2016:
    Panelist, Discussion of Money In Politics, hosted by KPCC and First Amendment Coalition, Pasadena
  • May 5, 2016:
    Speaker, with Trevor Potter, "Plutocrats United: Campaign Money, the Supreme Court, and the Distortion of American Elections," Washington, DC
  • January–May 2016:
    Plutocrats United Book Tour and Talks, various locations across United States